An Investigation of causes and effects of delayed payments to road contractors in Malawi for public funded road projects

Chembezi, Joseph Alexander (2015) An Investigation of causes and effects of delayed payments to road contractors in Malawi for public funded road projects. Masters thesis, University of Bolton.

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Malawi is a landlocked country and roads are an integral part of the transportation system, therefore it is Government of Malawi’s priority that the road network is efficient so that it achieves both social and economic benefits to the country. Currently, the road network in Malawi is underdeveloped and the roads are not of international standard compared to neighbouring countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) regional trading blocks to which Malawi is a member. Every year, the Government of Malawi commits substantial sums of money in the national budget to ensure development of the Road network and maintain the current roads to good standards to ensure continued and uninterrupted access to all corners of the country by all sectors of the society. This effort by government to develop the road network is not without challenges. Delayed payments to road contractors have been a serious bottleneck in the successful implementation of road projects in Malawi. This is despite the reforms which were carried out in the Malawi Road Sector in 2005 which saw the creation of two separate bodies, the Roads Authority and the Roads Fund Administration with separate roles of administering the road network and managing funds for the road sector respectively. This paper seeks to explore the causes and effects of delayed payments to Road Contractors in Malawi and has been confined to exploring the causes of delayed payments to only those projects which are funded from public coffers, using fuel levy by the Roads Fund Administration and appropriations from the government annual budget due to time constraints presented for carrying out the research. Various findings have arisen from the research project and recommendations have been made accordingly to improve the current challenge of payment delays and mitigate resulting effects experienced by contractors and the general public. Key words: the key words which are often encountered in this research paper include: payments, contractors, and road construction sector.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Additional Information: Electronic version of the dissertation submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the Degree of MSc in Project Management, awarded by University of Bolton in conjunction with Malawi Institute of Management
Divisions: University of Bolton Theses > Off-campus Division
Depositing User: Tracey Gill
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2017 19:10
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2019 08:10

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